Pronunciation: (grīnd), [key]
v., ground or (Rare) grind•ed; grind•ing;

1. to wear, smooth, or sharpen by abrasion or friction; whet: to grind a lens.
2. to reduce to fine particles, as by pounding or crushing; bray, triturate, or pulverize.
3. to oppress, torment, or crush: to grind the poor.
4. to rub harshly or gratingly; grate together; grit: to grind one's teeth.
5. to operate by turning a crank: to grind a hand organ.
6. to produce by crushing or abrasion: to grind flour.
7. annoy; irritate; irk: It really grinds me when he's late.

1. to perform the operation of reducing to fine particles.
2. to rub harshly; grate.
3. to be or become ground.
4. to be polished or sharpened by friction.
5. work or study laboriously (often fol. by away): He was grinding away at his algebra.
6. Slang.(in a dance) to rotate the hips in a suggestive manner. Cf. bump (def. 11).
7. grind out,
a. to produce in a routine or mechanical way: to grind out magazine stories.
b. to extinguish by rubbing the lighted end against a hard surface: to grind out a cigarette.

1. the act of grinding.
2. a grinding sound.
3. a grade of particle fineness into which a substance is ground: The coffee is available in various grinds for different coffee makers.
4. laborious, usually uninteresting work: Copying all the footnotes was a grind.
5. excessively diligent student.
6. Slang.a dance movement in which the hips are rotated in a suggestive or erotic manner. Cf. bump (def. 22).

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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